Introduction to Empathy

Empathy is an instant messaging program which supports text, voice, and video chat and file transfers over many different protocols.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

Empathy Dependencies


clutter-gst-2.0.12, clutter-gtk-1.5.4, Folks-0.9.8, Gcr-3.12.2, libcanberra-0.30, libnotify-0.7.6, libsecret-0.18, PulseAudio-5.0, telepathy-farstream-0.6.2, telepathy-logger-0.8.1, and WebKitGTK+-2.4.5



Cheese-3.12.2, enchant-1.6.0 and ISO Codes-3.56 (Spell Checking), GeoClue-2.1.9, geocode-glib-3.12.2, libchamplain-0.12.8, and Valgrind-3.10.0

Runtime Dependencies (Protocols)

telepathy-gabble-0.18.3 (Jabber, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, XMPP), telepathy-haze-0.8.0 (AIM, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ, Windows Live (MSN), Myspace, Yahoo!, Zephyr), telepathy-idle-0.2.0 (IRC), and telepathy-salut-0.8.1 (local network "Bonjour" - iChat-compatible)

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/empathy

Installation of Empathy

Install Empathy by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.


Installed Programs: empathy, empathy-accounts, and empathy-debugger
Installed Libraries: mcp-account-manager-goa.so (Telepathy Mission Control Plugin)
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/empathy, /usr/lib/mission-control-plugins.0, /usr/share/adium, /usr/share/empathy, and /usr/share/help/*/empathy

Short Descriptions


is a GNOME instant messaging client using Telepathy.


is an accounts configuration dialog for Empathy.

Last updated on 2014-08-25 18:22:00 -0700